A-Rod offered deal to sit out '13-'14, avoid lifetime ban
So it's only been a few hours since the last Alex Rodriguez update, which means we're due another. And we have one, courtesy of a report in the New York Daily News.
And the update is that A-Rod is, in fact, facing a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball due to what is reportedly "voluminous evidence" in connection to the Biogenesis scandal. MLB is, however, offering a deal. If A-Rod takes his medicine now and doesn't fight a suspension, he'll be suspended for the rest of this season and all of next season. That would mean A-Rod could return to the Yankees in 2015. The report indicates MLB wants to hear back from A-Rod on the matter by Monday.
It seems like a pretty good deal for A-Rod. He's still set to make $60 million in three years after the suspension and he could put everything behind him. Remember, suspensions are without pay, so if A-Rod rejects the deal and MLB suspends him for the rest of his career, he misses out on over $100 million. I think I'd take the deal and the $60 million, right?
Then again, this is A-Rod, who seems to eat up the drama. And this is a quote from the Daily News story:
"If there is a suspension," the source said, "he will fight it."
Of course he will. Why take the easy, less drama-filled, way? A-Rod reportedly has a legal team working through any potential deal -- and that legal team is reportedly having a current "internal battle," regarding the fallout of the A-Rod drama with his multiple doctor stunt this past week. What else could the legal team be fighting? Well, the collective bargaining agreement has a schedule of 50 games, 100 games and lifetime ban with each progressive drug violation. Being a first-time offender -- remember, A-Rod admitted to use before testing was in place, so that doesn't technically count -- and getting the suspension of a three-time offender would be their argument.
Still, I'm taking the deal if I'm A-Rod. Both the MLB and MLB Players Association seem both behind the suspensions going above and beyond what are in the joint drug agreement -- and union president Michael Weiner has publicly urged players to take deals and accept their punishment.
As always, stay tuned. At least now it's starting to feel like a conclusion is near.
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